Seafarers ensured protection in cases of Harassment And Bulling

06 October 2017 |  C17040

ILO member States have confirmed the 2016 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention

NOTICE TO
Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators | Flag Administrations | Inspectors

During ILO 105th meeting, the amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) relating to Regulation 4.3, adopted in 2016, were voted, coming into force on January 08, 2019. The 2016 amendments establish new compulsory requirements to better protect seafarers against two global concerns – harassment and bulling.

Guideline B4.3.1 – Provisions on occupational accidents, injuries and diseases

At the end of paragraph 1, the following text shall be added:

“Account should also be taken of the latest version of the Guidance on eliminating shipboard harassment and bullying jointly published by the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation.”

In paragraph 4, the word “and” shall be moved from the end of subparagraph (b) to the end of subparagraph (c). The following new subparagraph shall be added:

“(d) harassment and bullying.”

Guideline B4.3.6 – Investigations

In paragraph 2, the word “and” shall be moved from the end of subparagraph (e) to the end of subparagraph (f). The following new subparagraph shall be added:

“(g) problems arising from harassment and bullying.”

The upcoming MLC, 2006 amendments can be found here.

Act now

Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators are required to apply these amendments and proper procedures for harassment and bulling to better protect seafarers on board ships.

Dromon MLC Inspectors must ensure at the upcoming inspections (irrespective of scope) that ship Owners have adopted the amendments to Regulation 4.3 and that seafarers are aware of the measures implemented for harassment and bulling.

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